SINGAPORE - Art lovers have much to celebrate because for the very first time, some of Leonardo da Vinci's original works will be made viewable in Southeast Asia.
The highly anticipated exhibition, Da Vinci: Shaping the Future, opens to the public tomorrow (Nov 15) at the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands.
Visitors will be presented with a specially curated exhibition that will provide them with the opportunity to view the marriage of 15th century masterpieces and modern technology by the renowned artist, scientist, inventor and mathematician.
The exhibition will go on for six months until May next year, where six paintings along with 26 pages of the famous Codex Atlanticus - which is da Vinci's largest notebook - will be displayed.
These pages had been specially chosen by the ArtScience Museum as well as Italy's Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, which is where da Vinci's works were flown in from. Also on show are models of the Renaissance man's inventions and even some interactive exhibits.
AsiaOne checks out some of the highlights of Da Vinci: Shaping the Future:
Codex Atlanticus, the largest notebook belonging to da Vinci
- Visitors can expect to see the original notebook cover along with 69 facsimiles reproduced from it
- One of the key highlights of the facsimiles is da Vinci's Studies on the Flight of Birds (1505); there is an entire section within the exhibition that's dedicated to this
- The page on Geometric Studies; da Vinci's ingenious mirror writing and intricate drawings of geometric shapes will definitely awe visitors
Video-mapping of da Vinci's Last Supper
- Look at how da Vinci had been extremely precise in this famed artwork, such as where light supposedly shines in on the painting's subjects
- The video truly unites art and science, with it being edited by current day multimedia designers
- It also observes the differences in the original painting from the one done by da Vinci's favourite pupils, Salai, who had omitted some details in his version
Paintings from the School of Leonardo
- Look out for the painting of Saint John the Baptist done by Gian Giacomo Caprotti, also known as Salai
- Visitors can also find Andrea Bianchi's Virgin of the Rocks, that is based on da Vinci's painting of the same name, which is now in London's National Gallery
- Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio was also one of da Vinci's most gifted pupils and his painting, The Virgin and Child, is also on display
Tickets to Da Vinci: Shaping the Future can be purchased through the Marina Bay Sands ticketing portal, ticketing hotline, box offices and all Sistic channels. Tickets for Singapore residents cost $19 and standard tickets cost $25.
For more information, visit http://www.marinabaysands.com/museum/exhibitions-and-events/leonardo-da-vinci-shaping-the-future.html